Plants that Start with W

Last Updated on December 13, 2022 by Clarisse Walters

Plants that start with W list

  10. WALNUT

What is a flower that starts with W?

Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) is a lovely flower with delicate yellow blooms, appearing in mid winter and early spring. It’s of Chinese origin and grows up to 15 feet high. Its leaves are dark green and have an attractive shiny appearance which turn yellow in the fall – this shrub is visually interesting all year-round!

Wintersweet is easy to grow in soil with good drainage. It’s best to plant this shrub from saplings, as from seed to flowering can take over 10 years – well worth the wait, but still a long time.

Wintersweet is a plant that start with W
Wintersweet has a powerful scent and blooms in mid-winter

How fast do Weigela grow?

Shrubs beginning with W

Weigela can grow up to 24″ in a year but a good average is about 12″ to 18″. It depends if it’s looked after well. Grow this plant in good sunshine and partial shade – natural shading as the sun changes position throughout the day is ideal.

Weigela do well with average garden soil with neutral pH and good drainage, fertilizing once in the early Spring.

How big do Weigela plants grow?
Plants beginning with W – Weigela

Types of trees that starts with W

  1. Water ash (fraxinus caroliniana)
  2. White birch European (betula alba)
  3. Water elm (planera aquatica)
  4. Water tupelo (nyssa aquatica)
  5. White basswood (tilia heterophylla)
  6. Water oak (quercus nigra)
  7. Water birch (betula occidentalis)
  8. Western larch (larix occidentalis)
  9. White alder (alnus rhombifolia)
  10. White birch American (betula papyrifera)

Video – The Beautiful and Deadly Wisteria

1. Wisteria

The unique colors of the Wisteria plant are eye catching. They are well known to twine in a clockwise direction on any support that is around. Wisteria can climb supports up to a height of 20 meters and can spread out up to 10 meters.

They are well known to produce cute pink, purple, violet, or white-colored flowers. The flowers of most species are fragrant, which you’ll detect even from a distance. Most parts of these plants have toxins that cause dizziness, stomach pains, nausea, or diarrhea when it is ingested.

Wisteria can grow in poor quality soils and grow faster, thriving well in full sunlight. As a gardener, you might prefer growing Wisteria plants rather than seeds, because the latter can take longer to bloom.

If not supported it can grow into an unruly mound, so it is wiser to let in climb supports on their own. When it is a bit older, you can reduce its size by pruning off its new tendrils during the autumn. This helps to maintain it in a good condition.

2. Wallflower

Purple wallflower flower
Wallflower is a striking flower appearing in several colors

Known to have originated from Southern Europe, Wallflowers are endowed with a nice fragrance and have numerous colors. The Wallflower is a short-term biennial or perennial usually planted as an annual with a prolonged period of blooms. The plant comes either in creamy yellows, pale blues, pinks, hot pinks, oranges, warmer reds, or golden yellows.

Wallflowers do well when sown in dry to medium, yet well-drained soils. They’re also best to grow on border fronts, containers, raised beds, and rocky gardens. Put wallflowers in a place of the garden that gets full sun in the climates of the North. While in the Southern climates, they enjoy the noon shade.

When grown as a perennial, cut them back after they produce their first bloom to boost huge bushy growth. When left to become too long, they tend to become leggy and woody and fewer flowers will be produced. Besides, pruning helps the plants against reseeding.

3. Walnut

Plants beginning with letter W - Walnut
Walnuts in their pods before the seeds become nuts

Walnut plants are trees in the plant genus Juglans, which is of the family – Juglandaceae, and the seeds of these plants are known as walnut. All the species are short-lived, 33 – 131 ft (10 – 40 meters) tall, with 7.9 – 35.4 inch (200 – 900 millimeters) pinnate leaves, and 5 – 25 leaflets. Their shoots feature chambered pith – a feature that is shared with Wingnuts.

The 21-species found in the genus span across the Northern Temperate (Old World) starting from Southeast Europe to Japan, and are popular in other places like Argentina, California, and Canada. Edible walnuts that are eaten globally are mostly harvested from the varieties that are cultivated from the species -Juglans Regia.

China cultivates about half of the of walnuts consumed globally. The fruit of the walnut is referred to as ‘pseudo drupe’ – drupe-like nut. The shell or the outer fruit cover is an involucre, which is a whorl of bracts located below and close to the nut.

4. Wandflower

Plant 4 starting with W - Wandflower
Wandflower – another captivating plant that begins with W

Wandflower is a plant that demands low maintenance and hence is a good option for gardeners who are starting out. Its swaying wands are marked with droves of pinkish flowers that don’t stop flowering in high temperatures or even during dry weather.

The airy appearance of wandflower makes them a great flower with a lovely scent, ideal for a varied perennial border. You can grow a group of wandflowers in a garden, and there is where it will show how it acquired its name.

Wandflower are tap-rooted, and this explains why the plant isn’t easy to transplant successfully. For that reason, you need to choose the growing site well.

Wandflowers tend to flop over in your garden, and though staking may be an option, you can decide to use plants that will offer better support. Wandflower does well in full sun, but it likes the afternoon shade, more so in hot climatic conditions.

5. Washingtonia

Plants starting with W - 5. Washingtonia
Mexican Washingtonia Palm Tree

Washingtonia Robusta popularly known as Mexican Washingtonia, Skduster or Mexican Fan Palm, is a palm tree. It is a native tree to Baja California Peninsula and also a section of Sonora in Mexico. Washingtonia can grow to 82 ft. (25m) tall, but rarely goes above 98 ft. (30m).

The petiole of the leaves can go up to 3.3 ft (1m) long and the leaflets can reach 1m long. The inflorescence can reach 9.8 ft. (3m) long with many small, orange-pink flowers. Its fruit comes in a sphere-like shape with a blue-black drupe, which is about 6 – 8mm in diameter. The fruit is thin-fleshed, yet it is edible.

Just like the related California Fan Palm, Washingtonia Robusta is grown mostly as an ornamental plant. Even though it is very similar, this Washingtonia features a narrow trunk – and mostly it’s bigger towards the base. Moreover, it grows quickly and tall. Additionally, it is a hardy tree that can work well in a semi-arid area.

6. Water Lily

Plants beginning with W - 6. Water lily
The aquatic Water Lily

Water lilies are well known to grow aquatic in environments in tropical and temperate climates. Their cute floral pattern is believed to be a clear representation of the earliest flowering species.

A nourishing food for fish and other wildlife, many people around the world have developed water lilies in their garden pools. Their leaves are characterized by many air spaces and these plants float on water.

You can grow water lilies easily in a pond, but it prevents sun penetration. You could also use a large plastic pot with holes on all sides. Care is needed as they can spread to unwanted areas in your pond. Whether you have a small or large pond, water lilies will look cute and attractive.

7. Watermelon

Trailing plants with letter W - 7. Water Melon
Water Melon – a trailing vine with a huge fruit

The watermelon plant is well known to produce edible fruits. It has a trailing vine-like growth mechanism and is widely cultivated throughout the world.

There are more than 1000 varieties of this fruit. Watermelon is primarily grown in different climates ranging from tropical to temperate regions in the world. It is a large fruit that has a hard rind, with no internal divisions. The color of the juicy flesh is usually pink or deep red with many seeds.

You can eat watermelon in either raw form or pickle it depending on your needs. The rind is edible after cooking and you can also convert the flesh into juice. Watermelon originated from North-Eastern Africa and has spread throughout the world over the decades.

Most farmers usually produce mature fruits after 100 days from the planting day, depending on growth conditions. Selective seeding techniques have given rise to disease-resistant varieties of watermelon. You can also find seedless watermelon if you prefer.

8. Willow

Trees that start with letter W - 8. Willow
Willow Tree

Narrow-leaved varieties are commonly referred to as osier and broad-leaved species are called sallow. Willow plants are mostly grown in the moist soils in the temperate and cold regions of the northern hemisphere.

The dwarf willow is usually called the creeping shrub because it is low growing. It grows up to a height of 2.5 inches but spreads across the ground. Their unique roots can withstand harsh environmental conditions and sprout easily.

Willows have leaves of a greenish color, but variations run from bluish to a yellowish color. They are well known to be among the first plant to drop their leaves during spring and the last during the autumn season. When it comes to its flowers, both the male and female flowers look like catkins and usually appear on different willow plants.

9. Windmill palm

Trees starting with W - 9. Windmill Palm
You can almost see the windmills turning – Plants with W #9 – Windmill Palm

Windmill palm is one of the hardiest species that can be grown in moist, cool summers and cool winters. This is a species of a hard evergreen palm tree native to China, Japan, and India.

With the strong leaf sheath fiber, windmill palm has been used in making ropes and sacks. Windmill palm is mainly cultivated in regions with subtropical and warm temperate regions. Since it can tolerate cool winters and summer, most palm enthusiasts and landscapers adore this plant.

Some usual feature leaf segments while others have drooping tips. The female plants are well known to produce greenish flowers while the male has some yellow flowers. This makes it so easy to differentiate the male and female windmill palm plants.

These flowers are produced separately on different plants. The fruit produced is yellow to blue-black and ripens mostly in the autumn season.

10. Wintergreen

Plants starting with W - 10. Wintergreen
Wintergreen has many uses, from herbal tea to medicinal rubs

The Wintergreen plant is commonly known as a low-growing shrub because it only grows up to a height of 4-7 inches.

The pendulous flower is white or pink-tinged in colors. It has red fruits that look like a berry but in fact it is a dry capsule with a juicy calyx. Though it produces its fruit in the summer season, wintergreen develops better in acidic soil and can thrive well in pine forests.

Wintergreen is edible and its leaves and branches can be used to make herbal tea. Their leaves can yield large amounts of oil if fermented them for more than three days.

Most animals feed on these wintergreen plants. These include black bears, red fox, wild turkey, and many more. Native Americans used the leaves of wintergreen for medicinal purposes. It is sometimes referred to as Hill berry, checkerberry, ginger berry and deer berry.

Infographic – 6 Interesting Plants That Start With The Letter W

Infographic - 6 plants that start with W
Infographic – Plants That Begin With W

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Other resources relating to plants beginning with the letter W:

List Of Flower Names W

Plants that Start with W

50 Flowers that Start with “W” – Home Stratosphere

Perennials that start with the letter W

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